Kentucky Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/30/14
Michigan Wolverines (28-8) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (27-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +2 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Sunday in an Elite Eight NCAA Tournament game for the final spot in the Final Four.
The Michigan Wolverines looked like they had let their lead against Tennessee in the Sweet 16 slip away but an unlikely series of events and UM prevailed by two. Michigan knocked off Wofford I the NCAA Tournament opener and then they shot the lights out blowing out Texas in round two. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 17.3 points per game. Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.1 points, Caris LeVert is averaging 13 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.1 points. Michigan is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.8 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent. Michigan is one of three Big Ten teams to make the Elite Eight.
The Kentucky Wildcats didn’t have the regular season they had hoped for nor many expected but they seemed to have found their game at the right time winning their first three games in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky opened with win over Kansas State, then they knocked off one seed Wichita State, and followed those up with a Sweet 16 win over defending National Champion Louisville. Julius Randle leads the Wildcats averaging 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Aaron Harrison is averaging 14.1 points, James Young is averaging 14.1 points, and Andrew Harrison is averaging 11.1 points. Kentucky is averaging 75.4 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Kentucky started the season at number one and while they have taken the long way they hope to finish the season as number one.
Michigan is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine NCAA Tournament games, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 3-0-2 against the spread in their last five non-conference games. Kentucky is 4-0 against the spread following a win, 6-0 against the spread in their last six games, and 6-1-1 against the spread against the Big Ten.
The total here looks a bit too high though both of these teams have the firepower, I am just not expecting a pace that gets us over the number.
My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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